Book review # 12 for 2019. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier.
I think it was Lee Iacocca who said “I hire smarter people than me and get out of their way”.
This is something that I have instinctively always done and if I look around me at NONA, there is plenty of evidence, not just in the team that has been hired but also in my co-founders.
Having said that, the ‘get out of their way’ part of the quote, is in my opinion not enough. What I mean is that for me it is about more than just removing myself as a blocker through ego, maniacal control tendencies and micro management. It is about being the leader that gets other things out of their way and it’s about helping them be better versions of themselves.
The trap here for most of us entrepreneur, a types is that we default to ‘helping’ through problem solving and solution giving and that is not how we support learning, growth and development.
In ‘The Coaching Habit’, Stanier gives us practical behaviours that help us to resist the urge to problem solve and rather to get into a mindset of supportive leadership, mostly through asking the right questions at the right time. This is a great skill and the reason that top business coaches earn what they do.
Much like playing the guitar or piano, this is very easy to do badly and very difficult to do well, and like anything that is worth anything requires time patience and practice.
I enjoyed the book and while it isn’t life changing, it certainly did give me some tools to take away and use in my everyday life as a small business leader.
I hope this was useful to you and I’ll be back soon with my next review.